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Glens Falls' Season Ends in Loss To Rams.

Posted Saturday, October 29, 2005 by T.J. HOOKER

Rams turn the tables


T.J. HOOKER-THOOKER@POSTSTAR.COM
Amsterdam quarterback T.J. Czeski gets off a pass before he's tackled by Taylor Luczak of Glens Falls during Friday's game at East Field.

By PETE TOBEY
tobey@poststar.com
Published on 10/29/2005

GLENS FALLS -- The happy train that the Glens Falls Indians had been riding for six weeks came off its tracks Friday night at East Field.

Amsterdam, which had left Glens Falls with a loss three weeks ago, came roaring back with a convincing 33-6 victory in a Class A semifinal of the Section II Football Tournament.

T.J. Czeski tossed four touchdown passes, three to Vinny Nicosia, while the Rugged Rams' defense shut off the Indians' big-play connection as they reached the Class A final for the fifth straight year.

Amsterdam (7-2) advances to face Averill Park (7-2) in next Friday's Class A title game.

The Indians, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped, finished the season 6-3.

"You live by the big play, you die by the big play," Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac said. "It was a great game plan by them. Last time, we ran the option on them, and tonight they didn't let us. They were much more aggressive going after the quarterback and the pitch man."

Jimmer Fredette still caught six passes for 126 yards for the Indians, but apart from big gains of 43 and 36 yards, he was limited. Quarterback Denny Wilhelm finished the game 7-for-16 passing for 134 yards and an interception, and was held to 11 rushing yards. The Indians were held to 61 yards rushing in the game.

"We pressed their receivers early, we got up in their face, so they couldn't run the patterns they wanted to," Amsterdam head coach Pat Liverio said. "It threw them off their game a little."

Czeski, meanwhile, sliced up the Indians' secondary with scoring passes of 18, 37 and 22 yards to Nicosia and 24 yards to Bryan Davey as the Rams pulled away from an early 7-6 lead. Czeski finished the game 6-for-12 passing for 119 yards.

The tone of the game was set on the first play, however, as Wilhelm and David White misfired on an option pitch. Jason Neznek recovered for Amsterdam at the Indians' 25 -- the first of Neznek's three fumble recoveries on the night.

Although Czeski later threw an interception to Nick Hildreth in the end zone, the momentum was working in the Rams' favor.

"They got a couple of big plays and turnovers at the beginning," said Glens Falls senior Matt Salem, who scored the Indians' only touchdown. "If they went in our favor, it would have been a completely different game. They just got too far ahead of us."

The biggest momentum changer came in the second quarter, with Glens Falls trailing 13-6. Wilhelm hit Fredette with a 36-yard bomb to the Amsterdam 30, but on the next play, the Indians tried a hook-and-lateral to Fredette that turned into a fumble. Neznek recovered for the Rams.

Tom McDermott broke a 21-yard run to the Glens Falls 37 on first down, and on the next play, Czeski found Nicosia in the back of the end zone for a 20-6 lead with 2:29 left in the first half.

"That was a huge play," Lilac said. "Jimmer caught a big play and we tried to strike right away with the hook-and-lateral there, and we put it on the ground."

The Rams' offensive line took over the game in the second half as they piled up 277 yards rushing and 22 first downs. Casey Martin led Amsterdam with 72 yards, but Preston Kornegay added 58 and Czeski ran for another 52 on the option.

"Getting the ball first and being able to run right down the field and score set the tone for the second half," Liverio said.

Salem burrowed for a 1-yard touchdown early in the second quarter for Glens Falls' only points of the game. He led the Indians with 46 yards on 10 carries.

Lilac said there would be no Jug Game with Hudson Falls next week. Section II had decided this season that teams could opt to play a 10th game against a rival.

"We're a small Class A -- we took a little pounding the last four games," Lilac said. "It's time to end it."

Amsterdam (7-2) 7 13 13 0 -- 33

Glens Falls (6-3) 0 6 0 0 -- 6

First quarter

A -- McDermott 2 run (Serge kick), 4:28

Second quarter

GF -- Salem 1 run (kick failed), 4:07

A -- Nicosia 18 pass from Czeski (kick blocked), 8:07

A -- Nicosia 37 pass from Czeski (Serge kick), 9:31

Third quarter

A -- Nicosia 22 pass from Czeski (kick failed), 3:30

A -- Davey 24 pass from Czeski (Flint kick), 10:37

Amst GF

First downs 22 9

Rushes-yards 48-277 24-61

Passing yards 119 134

Comp-Att-Int 6-12-2 7-16-1

Fumbles-lost 2-0 4-3

Penalties-yards 5-40 3-15

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Amsterdam: Martin 11-72, Kornegay 9-58, Czeski 11-52, McDermott 7-45, Davey 5-33, Lochner 2-10, Miseikis 2-6, DeMaria 1-1. Glens Falls: Salem 10-46, Wilhelm 6-11, Fredette 1-8, Einzig 2-3, Spencer 1-1, Haywood 1-(-2), White 3-(-6).

PASSING -- Amsterdam: Czeski 6-12-2, 119 yards. Glens Falls: Wilhelm 7-16-1, 134 yards.

RECEIVING -- Amsterdam: Nicosia 3-77, Davey 1-24, Vandetta 1-11, Hammond 1-7. Glens Falls: Fredette 6-128, Conover 1-6.

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